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Nevaeh Buchanan should be 17. Instead, she's forever 5 years old and her killer has never been brought to justice in her haunting death

The Monroe County Sheriff says this case has never been 'cold' and there are still leads being pursued in the case of the girl found encased in concrete in 2009.

Brian Dugger

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An angelic-looking girl beams out from a series of pictures hanging on a wall inside the law enforcement complex in Monroe.

She looks slightly different in all three pictures, a testament to the rapid changes of early childhood. But the big smile is the same.

A placard above the photos reads: "In memory of Nevaeh Buchanan." Below is another: "Never forgotten."

If you study the name for a moment, you might notice that her first name is heaven spelled backward.

For those who know the story of the 5-year-old girl, the photo on the left is haunting. Nevaeh is riding a tricycle and holding a sign that reads "May."

It is the tricycle she was riding in May 2009, when she disappeared, uniting neighbors and strangers in the common goal of finding that little girl with a big smile.

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A series of pictures hanging on a wall inside the law enforcement complex in Monroe shows Nevaeh Buchanan at different ages.